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Game 33: Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Julius Randle and Rajon Rondo will all play and surely put on a show

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Tonight, in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN, the New Orleans Pelicans can silence the national media, for at least one moment.

NBA: All Star Game-Team LeBron at Team Stephen Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Do you want to be slammed with trade rumors for three hours straight with a critical Western Conference matchup sprinkled in?

Then you’ve come to the right place!

The New Orleans Pelicans are desperately treading water with an ever-growing list of maladies, including four of their six most significant players (five if you throw in a missing-in-action E’Twaun Moore).

But this is no time for any more excuses. The Pelicans need to get back into the win column yesterday as the first six seeds continue to create distance between themselves and the rest of the West.

However, a brief win streak puts the Pelicans right back into the conversation and out of the ever-swirling trade columns. Victories over the Lakers, Kings and Mavericks would immediately vault the Pelicans back into the mix, just in time for some of their core players to return to health.

The Lakers have lost three of four, but will have everyone available — including LeBron James and Rajon Rondo — but for JaVale McGee. As for the Pelicans, Anthony Davis, Julius Randle and Ian Clark will play.

Can the Pelicans still manage to quiet the gossip on the national stage?

Where To Watch

What: New Orleans Pelicans (15-17) at Los Angeles Lakers (18-13)

Where: Staples Center, LA

When: Friday, December 21, 2018, 9:30 p.m. Central

How: ESPN, 99.5 FM WRNO

Line: Lakers -4.5, Over/Under 234.5

New Orleans Los Angeles
Pace: 102.7 (4th) Pace: 102.9 (3rd)
ORtg: 113.6 (4th) ORtg: 109.8 (18th)
DRtg: 112.3 (24th) DRtg: 108.2 (10th)
Projected Starters:
New Orleans Los Angeles
PG - Tim Frazier PG - Lonzo Ball
SG - Jrue Holiday SG - Josh Hart
SF - Solomon Hill F - Kyle Kuzma
F - Julius Randle PF - Lebron James
C - Anthony Davis C - JaVale McGee

For perspective from the other side, please visit the game preview from our friends at Silver Screen and Roll!

Check out our site’s preview of this afternoon’s Pelicans vs Bucks, penned by Oleh Kosel here.

Leave your pregame and in-game comments below!

Let’s geaux, Pels!

Poll

Can someone please stop the AD to LA rumors?! For one night?!

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Yup, it’s gut check time!
    (1 vote)
  • 56%
    Not a chance. Chalk up another L
    (9 votes)
  • 6%
    Maybe..LAL has lost 3 of 4!
    (1 vote)
  • 31%
    Probably not. Will be fun anyway!
    (5 votes)
16 votes total Vote Now